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Johnson Controls unveils cloud data-hosting infrastructure

June 21, 2021
real estate

Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, has announced the launch of SafeLINC, a cloud-based data-hosting infrastructure that gives users the power to remotely access and gather actionable data from their entire suite of fire alarm control units.

SafeLINC provides users with a cloud-connected gateway and a cloud application platform accessible via web browsers and native iOS and Android mobile apps, said a statement from Johnson Controls.

Together, these components provide facility managers and technicians with real-time life safety infrastructure for faster, more effective emergency response, management capabilities and ongoing maintenance planning.

At the heart of the new model is the SafeLINC gateway device that is easily installed into Simplex 4007ES, 4010ES and 4100ES fire alarm control units by simply adding a card, said the statement.

Once connected to the internet via LAN or cellular connection, the gateway sends data from that specific control unit to the Johnson Controls Fire Detection Cloud Platform, it added.

SafeLINC is part of the Johnson Controls OpenBlue family of connected solutions that supports healthy people, healthy places and a healthy planet.

'As a facility manager or technician, SafeLINC lets you see what’s happening at all your fire alarm control units at once, giving you a better ability to coordinate your responses,' explained Tony Gryscavage, director of product management, Johnson Controls.

'The SafeLINC web UI connects users to the cloud platform where they can access and gather information from all the control units connected to their account, as if they were standing in front of the control units themselves,' he noted.

'Facility managers can use this interface to remotely view control unit status, access reports, manage user accounts and devices, connect with technical support, and communicate with mobile app users, stated Gryscavage.

'Outside of emergency situations, SafeLINC is a tremendous boost to maintenance operations. From your desk, you will be able to plan maintenance tasks more efficiently and get direction remotely from engineers who can diagnose problems and advise on-site technicians,' he added.

According to him, providing mobile access to fire alarm control unit information is vital for people operating in the field.

'If a maintenance team is on one side of a campus doing one task, a mobile alert can notify them of a problem elsewhere so they can immediately address that issue. This level of communication improves their overall efficiency while limiting system downtime,' stated Gryscavage.

SafeLINC is hosted on the Microsoft Azure platform, managed by Johnson Controls Global Infrastructure Group, and has passed Johnson Controls cybersecurity testing.

New features, enhancements and analysis tools will be periodically released and available to be updated remotely for added convenience, he added.